infection with an unusual rhabdovirus composed of rna and lipid, tentatively assigned to the family of filoviridae. Virus is pantropic and affects most organ systems.The disease is characterised by a prominent rash and haemorrhages in many organs and is often fatal. First seen among laboratory workers in Marburg, Germany, exposed to african green monkeys. Some person-to-person spread has been observed. Attempts to isolate virus should be done only in high-security laboratories.
Synonym: marburg virus disease.